43013 Gleaning Come In Orson POTUS Obozo 666 The Al Q Clown Calling 911 Manhattan Project Turns Director Of Defense Intelligence Into Pre-emptive Lame Duck/AKA Black Swan
“We Are No Longer a Nation Ruled By Laws”
Pulitzer prize winning reporter Chris Hedges – along with journalist Naomi Wolf, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, activist Tangerine Bolen and others – sued the government to join the NDAA’s allowance of the indefinite detention of Americans.
The trial judge in the case asked the government attorneys 5 times whether journalists like Hedges could be indefinitely detained simply for interviewing and then writing about bad guys.
The government refused to promise that journalists like Hedges won’t be thrown in a dungeon for the rest of their lives without any right to talk to a judge.
The trial judge ruled that the indefinite detention bill was unconstitutional. But the court of appeal overturned that decision, based upon the assumption that limited the NDAA to non-U.S. citizens:
The court ignored the fact that the co-sponsors of the indefinite detention law said it does apply to American citizens, and that top legal scholars agree.
The courts’ Orwellian reasoning may sound – at first blush – like it might be a good thing. After all, both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court said that there’s no indication that the indefinite detention provision will be applied against U.S. citizens.
However, by refusing to strike down the law and insist that any future laws explicitly exempt U.S. citizens, it leaves discretion in the hands of the executive branch.
The effect of the decision will be to allow the U.S. government to kidnap and indefinitely detain U.S. citizens who protest or dissent against the government … and the courts will never hear any legal challenge from the prisoners. The detainees will not get to say:
Hey, the Supreme Court said the indefinite detention law isn’t written to apply to U.S. citizens, so you have to let me go!
After all, prisoners can be held under the indefinite detention bill without trial, without presenting evidence, without letting the citizen consult with a lawyer, and without even charging the citizen.
So – if you’re thrown into a hole somewhere – no one will even hear your side of the story.
Furthermore, isn’t it interesting that the feds appear so obsessed with taking away your civil liberties to catch petty criminals, yet they couldn’t put a single banker behind bars for the far more egregious crime of destroying the U.S. economy and ruining millions of lives?
No doom or gloom here…just a large star cluster that has been hurled in the direction of Earth at 2 million miles per hour…..
Astronomers say they have discovered a star cluster that has been thrown in the direction of Earth at a speed of more than two million miles per hour.
Soooo……yeah. They wing that story at us but don’t give any details as to how long it would take to get here or anything, just that a large cluster of stars that is multiple light years across is hurtling towards us at 2 million miles per hour. Nothing to worry about though right?
Astronomers believe HVGC-1 could have reached its current speed after passing through two supermassive black holes at the center of M87, which acted like a slingshot, flinging the cluster away.
A recent study, headed by MIT professor Allan Adams, has shown that black holes have a sort of fluidic surface. This is weird. And when they feed on matter, their meal ripples across this surface like when you throw a rock into a pond. These ripples, when they reach the edge of the black hole, can actually cause the black hole to overflow, like a sort of cosmic lake bursting its banks. As Adams puts it:
“We showed that when you throw stuff into a black hole, the surface of the black hole responds like a fluid – and in particular, it can become turbulent. More precisely, the horizon itself becomes a fractal.”
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
At this point the book’s message should be familiar. Lewis tells the story of a bunch of traders at the Royal Bank of Canada who discovered that high-frequency traders, in collusion with stock exchanges, have gained an unfair advantage in the market to the detriment of everyone else — big and small investors alike.
White said that the issue was a top priority at the SEC, but gave no timeline for its investigation. This did not settle the Lewis fans in the room.
Congressman Mike Capuano said that the purpose of the SEC was to protect people from “shysters” in the market, and to instill confidence in it. The problem, he said, is that no one has confidence that the SEC can even do that job.
“If we don’t believe it,” he said, “it doesn’t exist.”
Today, we are in the midst of a propaganda war where the contemporaries of our pre-Revolutionary history, the true American patriots who hold the principles upon which this nation was founded near and dear, have been openly identified as enemies of the leaders of our nation. There is no ambiguity in the statements or intent of those leading our country. There is only their resolve, where they are unified in their objectives to subjugate us to their royal ambitions at the expense of our rights and freedoms.
We, as the contemporaries of our forefathers, are now the domestic terrorists. We have been declared the enemy, in speech and in writing, and there is a willing army forming at their hands to create two classes of people, those who are in power and those who are their subjects. Again, there is no ambiguity in their words and deeds.
If you do not—or choose not—to understand and call out the traitorous and seditious actions of those in power and their complicit media lapdogs, along with their resolve to use everything in their arsenal to marginalize and vilify the outspoken patriots who are fighting to stop further oppression while regaining lost ground, then you deserve what’s coming as that’s exactly what you’ve earned.
Flynn was a key player in U.S. military efforts to dismantle insurgent networks in Iraq and Afghanistan, an approach that relied heavily on combining U.S. Special Operations forces with intelligence operatives and analysts.
With McChrystal, Flynn helped to compress a cycle of carrying out raids and then exploiting the intelligence from those operations to find other targets.
In 2010, Flynn rankled many of his counterparts in the intelligence community when he published an article that was sharply critical of the information that spy agencies were assembling in Afghanistan. The effort was so focused on tracking insurgents that U.S. military and diplomatic leaders got little to help them understand the political, economic and cultural issues driving the insurgency.
Both the director and deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon announced on Wednesday that they are to leave their jobs by early fall. The move is thought be the result of mounting pressure by top Washington officials.
United States DIA Director Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn announced to Pentagon staff that he is walking away from that role a year earlier than anticipated.
The news came via a joint statement made by Flynn and the agency’s deputy director, David Shedd, who will also be vacating his post.
China alarmed Japan, South Korea and the United States last year when it announced an air defense identification zone for the East China Sea, covering the islands.
The Beijing government, which is swiftly ramping up military spending, has regularly dispatched patrols to the East China Sea since it established the defense zone.
The six bystanders shot at a FedEx facility in Georgia on Tuesday weren’t lucky enough to have an equalizer on hand.
In Kennesaw, where the shooting occurred, the town has a an ordinance stipulating the mandatory ownership of guns for every household in the city. This prompted New York Times writer Timothy Noah to suggest that the debate over gun ownership should be renewed.
There’s a sad twist to the shooting Tuesday morning at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw, Ga., where an employee injured six co-workers before turning the gun on himself. Kennesaw is one of several U.S. cities and towns that have an ordinance requiring every household to own a gun.
What’s most amusing about Noah’s attempt to highlight the fact that every household in Kennesaw has a gun, yet the FedEx shooter still managed to wound six people, is the picture included in the article.
Can you spot the problem?
There is not one, but two signs warning potential FedEx customers that firearms were prohibited on the premises.
Watch: This Is What Happens When the Good Guy Has a Gun
As anti-gun lawmakers the country over work towards achieving a Utopic society without the Second Amendment, the fact is that those who would do harm to innocent people will not go away. Not only will they never give up their guns should they become illegal, but they’ll happily commit their crimes with knives, blunt weapons or even cars if that’s what it takes to get what they want.
The great equalizer since its invention in the 14th century has been the gun and as shown in the video report above, it still is.
A Houston, Texas woman was recently leaving a retail store with her children when she was jumped by two individuals who intended to snatch her purse. They dragged her with their vehicle and were just about to get away.
But before they had a chance to flee the Concealed/Carry version of a Good Samaritan stepped in to save the day.
This is what happens when the good guy has a gun and takes a stand against crime.
Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, says the Pledge of Allegiance once each week on Monday. “Last Monday, the student body recited the pledge in Arabic replacing ‘under God’ with ‘under Allah.’” One Nation Under Allah! Let that sink in.
How is this any different from pledging allegiance to Adolf Hitler? Islam and Nazism are world-conquering ideologies. Islam’s ultimate goal is to take over the world by conversion, force, or forced conversion.
“CAIR representative Hooper told Fox News he was dumbfounded by complaints about the Arabic version of the pledge.
“How on earth is it un-American to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in another language,” Hooper asked.
“It doesn’t make sense unless the people complaining are anti-Muslim or anti-middle eastern bigots.”
There you have it. The equivalent to the race card was pulled.
Get your children out of the government schools now! Stop providing your hard earned labor for this beast.
We saw much of the same analysis as Brad’s at the peak of the markets in 1999 and 2007. New valuation metrics, IPO’s of negligible companies, valuation dismissals as “this time was different,” and a building exuberance were all common themes. Unfortunately, the outcomes were always the same. It is likely that this time is “not different” and while it may seem for a while that Brad analysis is correct, it is “only like this, until it is like that.”
JERUSALEM — Nine months after it began, the Obama administration’s marquee diplomatic effort to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians ended Tuesday with neither a whimper nor much of a bang.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters in Jerusalem on Tuesday that it was time to shift attention away from the failed peace talks and toward what he called a more urgent priority — the threat posed by Iran.
Following failure to extend peace talks beyond April 29 deadline, Kerry’s aides say he is undeterred, will continue peace push.
Instead of admitting failure, aides said Kerry would continue his Mideast negotiations push after a hiatus of several months. After an initial domestic political boost, the aide predicted, Israeli and Palestinian officials would be forced back to the table by the long-term need for a two-state solution.
“It’s a matter of time before they all come back,” the aide predicted, “and want to have negotiations.”
And on the day, Trannies spiked at the open as everything else dropped… the post Chicago PMI rip stalled as Europe closed, then the Fed provided absolutely fucking nothing to juystify stocks rallying…
The Russell 2000 tumbled to its worst month since May 2012. 30 Year bond yield had the 2nd best month in a year (with the entire bond complex lower and curve flatter for 5th month in a row). Gold rallied for the month as high-yield credit spreads widened for the 2nd month in a row. US economic growth collapsed. But what really matters… what is key for the headline-makers, story-tellers, and asset-gatherers… is that the Dow Jones Industrial touched new record highs. On the day, early equity weakness gave way to exuberant buying as the Fed admitted its forecast for Q1 was shit but everything it says about the future is spot on – stocks urged, the Dow hit new all-time-highs (and green for the year) but once that level was hit, stocks began to fade but were rescued by the always-happy-to-help 330 Ramp which closed us at record highs and green year-to-date. By the close, the day saw Stocks Up, Bonds Up, Gold Unch, USD Down
As a reminder – this is the growth that is occurring as QE has run its course, as stimulus ends, and as escape velocity nears… if the “weather” can do this much damage to the US economy, should stocks really be trading at the multiple of exuberant future hope that they are?..
Despite consensus at 1.2% growth QoQ, the “weather” destroyed the fragile stimulus-led economy of the US which managed only a de minimus +0.1% QoQ growth (the lowest since Q1 2011). However, as Steve Liesman noted on the heels of Mark Zandi’s comments “basically ignore this number” – ok then. Spending on Services, however, surged by the most since 2000 – heralded as great news by some talking heads – but is merely a reflection of the surge in healthcare and heating costs (imagine if it had not been cold and if Obamacare hadn’t saved us).
It was back on January 30 that the Goldman economist team made its first downward revision to what then was a 3.0% forecast to Q1 GDP. Exactly three months later we find that Goldman was off by only 97% when Q1 GDP printed at 0.1%. That’s ok – they are economists, and thus are expected to be massively, epically wrong. So here is Goldman with its first “tracking forecast” for Q2 GDP. It is…. drumroll…. 3.0%. How long until this number too is lowered to 0.1% (to be sure, all that rain in New York City has to detract at least 1%-1.5% from Q2 GDP right?).
And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
Today, we are happy that more are starting to notice this simple math problem. Here is Deutsche Bank’s Torsten Slok who is the latest to be struck by this “revelation”.
Of course, as long as rates are low and keep declining, this record debt hoard is not a big issue.
Once rates start going up, however, nobody would possibly have been able to foresee the absolute massacre that will take place at corporations, levered with publicly tradable debt to never before seen levels.
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
If a foreclosure happens in the wilderness, does it make a sound? It seems like people have conveniently forgotten that since the housing crisis hit we have witnessed more than 7,000,000+ foreclosures. Do you think these people believe the Fed is almighty and can stop a speeding train or turn water into wine? Apparently some people forget that the Fed failed to prevent the tech bust or the housing bust in the first place. Now, the Fed is somehow the cult leader and the leader will not let housing values fall. The nation still has 9.1 million seriously underwater homeowners on top of the more than 7 million that have gone through foreclosure. It is abundantly clear that the mindless drivel of “buying is always a good decision” is just that. Investors are starting to pull back in expensive states because value is harder to find. I see the lemmings at open houses and you can see the drool at the side of their mouths hoping for a morsel of real estate. The Fed, for better or worse, has turned us all into speculators. Simply putting your money in a bank is a losing battle because inflation is eroding your buying power. Yet wages are not keeping up. What you have is people competing with investors, foreign money, and a market with low inventory and trying to guess the next move from the Fed. Yet the tech bust and housing crash (keep in mind these happened only since 2000) were major events not prevented by the Fed.
It’s curious how the weather impacted (or rather is used as an excuse to explain) everything but government-mandated healthcare spending in the first quarter.
And of course, for all those who correctly point out that mandatory spending on healthcare, also known as malinvestment, took away from spending on every other discretionary item possible, well… you are right.
So what was discussed? We won’t know because the “meeting was closed to public observation by Order of the Board of Governors because the matters fall under exemption(s) 9(A)(i) of the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. Section 552b(c)), and it was determined that the public interest did not require opening the meeting.”
Ironic, because nothing the Fed does is in the public interest. Or, to be specific, 99% of the public…
And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.
We can finally close the book on the “mystery” (if there ever was one) behind the Fed’s fixed-rate reverse repo operation.
Yesterday, when we noted that the total notional of the most recent 1 Day reverse repo operation was a whopping $183.3 billion, we made a modest prediction, knowing full well that today would be April 30, better known as month end, and even better known as a time when every bank has some huge, undercapitalized windows to dress.
It was, indeed, well over $200 BN. In fact, it was $208 billion, the second highest ever.
And sure enough, watch it crash to just over $100 billion tomorrow, now that a new month will have started and banks no longer need to appear quite so healthy.
So step aside any sophisticated claims that the Fed’s reverse repo is a means to extract liquidity when the time to raise rates finally comes: all this latest “tool” in the Fed’s arsenal is, is nothing more than a Fed-mandated and endorsed mechanism with which the banks can fool regulators and investors that they are in a far healthier condition than they really are.
And judging by the humiliating episode involving Bank of America’s made up numbers that punked the Fed into believing America’s most insolvent TBTF bank was healthy enough to give be billions to investors, one of the parties most “confused” by what the RRP does, is the Fed itself.
The value of this bankruptcy case, as of today, is well over $400 billion—making it the largest bankruptcy in history.
There has been virtually no press coverage of this bankruptcy that affects the entire U.S. economy, millions of homeowners and nations who purchased RMBS securities. It far exceeds, in dollar volume and social impact, the General Motors bankruptcy which garnered front page media coverage for months.
68 percent of these mortgages in this N.Y. bankruptcy are either owned, insured, or guaranteed by Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. Purportedly, a significant number of the mortgages are owned by RMBS Trusts.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in conservatorship (bankruptcy). Their conservator is the U. S. Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). $45 billion is guaranteed by Ginnie Mae.
It appears this single bankruptcy represents at least 3% of all active U.S. residential mortgages.
The bankruptcy terms allows Berkshire Hathaway and Ocwen to purchase over $400 billion worth of mortgages and RMBS trusts for less than $5 billion. Once these mortgages are sold, Berkshire Hathaway and Ocwen will be bankruptcy remote. That means that once the mortgage assets are sold to them, American homeowners, like Morse, will not be able to obtain, through discovery, in judicial proceedings, the documents pertaining to their mortgages to determine if there is an issue with their property’s chain of title or verify if there is a free, clear and legally traceable ownership of their homes.
In effect, mortgage records of millions of American homeowners would be destroyed.
While it will come as a surprise to exactly nobody, certainly nobody who understand that the US financial system is no better financial shape than just before the Lehman crash as nothing has been fixed and everything that is broken has been merely swept under the rug (for details see Paul Singer’s explanation posted last night) of epic-er leverage, the news that when (not if) the US economy succumbs to a severe economic downturn Fannie and Freddie would require another taxpayer funded bailout, one of $190 billion or even more than the first $187.5 billion-funded nationalization of the GSEs, can only bring a smile to one’s face.
Which means that any decision about the future of the GSEs will be determined not by Congress, by Obama, by Fairholme or by Ackman, and will be purely in the hands of the market once again – a market which increasingly appears ready to roll over, and take everything down with it. Among the things to be taken down? Another at least $190 billion in taxpayer funds.
On July 23, 2012, an intense solar storm narrowly missed Earth. The CME reached the speed of almost 3000 km/s, which is more than 4 times faster than a typical eruption. It was not Earth directed, but it did hit STEREO A spacecraft and researchers have been analyzing the event ever since.
The FAA has declared a “ground halt” on all flights at the following airports: BOS, BWI, DCA, EWR, FLL, JFK, LAS, LAX, LGA, MCO, MIA, PHL, TEB
*COMPUTER PROVIDING AIR-TRAFFIC RADAR DISPLAY MALFUNCTIONING
LAX is citing “computer issues” as the reason (and a radar system crash across at least 3 Western states) which could mean delays up to 90 minutes.
White House officials consciously planned to spin the successful 2012 jihadi 911 attack on the Benghazi diplomatic compound as a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islam video, according to a new email exposed by the public-interest law firm Judicial Watch.
The email is black-and-white evidence of deception and spin by top White House officials, who have denied since shortly after the 2012 attack that they tried to portray it as an out-of-control protest. In fact, the Cairo demonstration — which was not blocked by the Obama-supported Muslim Brotherhood government of Egypt — was organized to demand the release of a jihadi locked up in a U.S. jail.
The new email was extracted only after Judicial watch took the administration to court. Clearly, it is a problem for Obama, whose poll ratings are sliding amid his failure to block Russia’s advance in Ukraine, and his decision to lie about the impact of Obamacare on Americans’ legal ability to keep their preferred health plans.
^^^These evil bastards all look like Libyan Ambassadors now. Question is, why hasn’t Al Q 911 killed them yet? Oh yeah, they are Al Q.
^^^Yeah, never going to happen. The chances that people would ever allow another Bush are as remote as Obozo not being the last POTUS. Saudi Arabia is about to get blown up by the power of Islam’s idiot Mohammad Sunni Shia prophetic war, as soon as Israel moves on Iran. The Chinese wall/AKA Black Hole at the Prop Desk isn’t going to help them with that, and the Russians certainly are not.
According to a well-placed intelligence source, Saudi Arabia bought ballistic missiles from China in 2007 in a hitherto unreported deal that won Washington’s quiet approval on the condition that CIA technical experts could verify they were not designed to carry nuclear warheads.
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has given a green light to sell the country’s newest S-400 air defense guided missile system to China, which Russian media claim will give Beijing an edge in the airspace of the Taiwan Strait and over islands in the East China Sea at the center of a dispute with Japan, reports the military news website of Huanqiu.com, the Chinese-language website of China’s Global Times.
The 1,100 kg Wing Loong is about the same size as the American MQ-1 Predator and can fly for over 4,000 kilometers in 20 hours. Its 200kg payload of armaments and sensors includes two laser guided KD-10 ground to air missiles (similar to the Predator’s Hellfire Missiles) or two 50 kg LS-6 satellite guided bombs. The Chengdu Aviation Corporation has previously exhibited the Wing Loong at the 2010 and 2012 Zhuhai Air Show, and also at the February 2014 Singapore Air Show. The United Arab Emirates had reportedly purchased the Wing Loong in 2011, though the first examples had heating problems in the desert climate. The Saudis are likely to make use the Wing Loong against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and Yemeni Houthi rebels, meaning what many consider a Predator knockoff will soon be operating in the same locales as the original.
Just how is Washington going to cope when all it’s “aid” is flushed straight through to the nation whose economy it is trying to cause “costs” to via sanctions…?
Remember, this is all about ensuring Europe gets it gas – since Russia/Gazprom had said no more through Ukraine pipelines if the bill was not paid since they were afraid of stealing.
Europe is powering the military rise of China, approving multi-million dollar deals for the transfer of weapons and dual-use technology – despite an arms embargo stemming from the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, AFP reveals.
China is the world’s second largest military spender and the fastest growing military market, with Beijing setting aside $132 billion in defense spending. While they are yet to touch the US’ massive $495.6 billion defense budget, China recently announced they would increase military spending by 12.2 percent for 2014.
“It will take China a long, long time before its budgets will effectively alter the military balance with the US,” Jonathan Holslag of the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies, recently told Stars and Stripes.
“But that’s not the main concern. While the US still has some scope to respond, neighbors are getting much more nervous… Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines all know that they could be the first victim if the balance of power shifts at America’s detriment.”
Although Western partners in the East are skittish about China’s rise, Europe seemingly cannot resist the allure of Beijing’s billions.
“The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities – but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.”
Brunei is to become the first East Asian country to adopt Sharia law as the sultan confirmed the Islamic penal code on Wednesday. The move sparks broad concern over the rights of women and minorities.
Sharia law will be implemented nationwide starting Thursday.
The implementation of Sharia law would mean that residents will face conviction by Islamic courts for their crimes. Most of the laws will apply to non-Muslims, as well. The first phase, which goes into effect on Thursday, will give offenders fines or jail time for acts ranging from pregnancy outside marriage, propagating other religions, or failure to perform Friday prayers. A second phase will go into effect after a year, punishing those who steal or consume alcohol with whipping and amputations. The final stage will take effect in two years, and will use the death penalty – possibly by stoning – for crimes like adultery, sodomy, or insulting the Koran or the Prophet Mohammed.
Police are the “fists and daggers” in the fight against terrorism, China’s President Xi Jinping said on a trip to the western Xinjiang region where authorities say members of a Muslim minority are waging a violent separatist campaign. As Reuters reports, this is the same region that sufferred the knife-wielding terrorist attack in the city of Kunming that killed 29 people and injured 140. However, his warning seems to have sparked further action – though not confirmed as a terrorist attack – as a blast occurred at a railway station in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang region. Details about the blast and casualties are sketchy but local reports suggest up to 50 injured.
In what can only be explained as a massive oil pipeline derailment, because trains are obviously so much safer when transporting flammable commodities, moments ago another train derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia with numerous railcars falling in the river, and a massive fire erupting with flames that are “stories high” according to ABC13. And moments ago it was also announced that the train belongs to CSX and the burning product is, expectedly, crude oil.
Additionally, it appears that the CBTX on the side of the train cars indicates they are associated with CIT Croup/Capital Finance.
Obama’s pivot to Asia will lack firepower
President Obama’s pivot to Asia will lack a crucial military underpinning next year, when for four months, the Navy will not have an aircraft carrier in the region.
Defense cuts have helped shrink the number of available carriers, alarming GOP lawmakers who are fighting the Pentagon’s plan to permanently cut the number of U.S. carriers to 10.
They argue not having a carrier in the region for months at a time will send a signal of U.S. weakness, as China seeks to make territorial claims against several U.S. allies over the South China Sea.
“Symbolically, the worst thing we could do around the globe is to take one of those carriers out,” Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) told defense reporters on Tuesday. “We really need two or three carriers there.”
According to Forbes and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), there will not be a carrier in the region for about 130 days next year, between when the USS George Washington leaves its base in Japan, and when its replacement, the USS Ronald Reagan, arrives there.
They argue this would leave the U.S. with fewer options to respond to flare-ups.
China poised to pass US as world’s leading economic power this year
The US is on the brink of losing its status as the world’s largest economy, and is likely to slip behind China this year, sooner than widely anticipated, according to the world’s leading statistical agencies.
The US has been the global leader since overtaking the UK in 1872. Most economists previously thought China would pull ahead in 2019.
Earlier this month, two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) crash landed well inside South Korea, following another such incident in 2013. Despite Pyongyang’s boilerplate denials, the flight paths indicated they originated in North Korea. In a triumph for Internet crowdsourcing, bloggers identified the drones to be Chinese in origin, the Taiyuan Navigation Technologies SKY-09 UAV model. Those civilian UAVs are rather small, only 12 KG in weight and a 1.92 meter wingspan, allowing the drones to carry only a 3 kg payload, which analysis of the wreckage suggests were small cameras. Ironically, it was the very small size and low speed of the North Korea UAVs that allowed them to stealthily slip through the DMZ.
The question of origin aside, the use of such repurposed civilian drones will likely continue. Expect to see Chinese drones proliferate in the future, both on the Korean Peninsula, and beyond.
The Airbus E-Fan is an all-electric two-seater of an aircraft that really can get airborne entirely on battery power. The lithium-Ion batteries power a pair of electric engines that have a combined power of 60 KiloWatts. The aircraft is capable of staying aloft for only about an hour at a time and is the first of many planned iterations of the E-Fan technology. Version 2.0 will be an electric training aircraft for new pilots, while version 4.0 will feature a hybrid combustion/electric engine and will be capable of commercial flight.
Though its population is less than a million, Vermont could prove to be the tipping point in a national movement to inform consumers about whether their food contains genetically modified ingredients. The state’s governor, Pete Shumlin, is expected to sign a bill that would make the Green Mountain State the nation’s first to mandate that companies label products containing GMO products, beginning in July 2016. Shumlin has said he will sign the legislation, which many GMO skeptics see as the most significant step yet in the march toward a nationwide re-evaluation of where genetically engineered products stand in the country’s food supply.